As we head into the holiday season, we know that this can be a challenging time for many. Family stressors, economic challenges and a heightened overall anxiety, due to the pandemic and its effects, can make it difficult to get through every day. And, unfortunately, many turn to substance use during this time. For some, it becomes a significant problem in their lives.
We are here to help. Our partner agencies of Aloha House, Malama Family Recovery Center, and Maui Youth & Family Services serve 8,000 Maui residents each year. We meet our clients where they are, find solutions to best meet their needs, and support them on their road to recovery.
Spotlight On Malama Family Recovery Center
MFRC Program Director Donna Kupono Rivera Lucero
At Malama Family Recovery Center we serve a unique need: pregnant and parenting women struggling with substance use disorder. It is the only place of its kind on Maui, where children can stay with their mothers while they are in treatment.
This approach lends itself to healing the entire family, and working together to address any trauma that might exist.
One staff person who works specifically in the family strengthening and reunification area is Donna “Kupono” Rivera Lucero. I’m pleased to announce her promotion to Program Director.
Kupono has been with us since 2009, and during that time has worked as a counselor and most recently taken the lead in developing cultural initiatives that are in alignment with our community and our clients’ cultures. We look forward to her doing more great things in her new role.
End of Year Giving
As we continue to see an increase in needs for our service, I hope you consider making a personal gift this year. It takes all of us working together, in sharing our time, talent, and our treasure, to provide the high quality, effective services that our agencies are known for.
You can easily make a gift today.
Thank you for your support.
Jud Cunningham, CEO
In the News
Malama’s own Roxy Feiteira was featured in a recent article in Maui Now as we celebrated the 30th anniversary of National Addiction Professionals Day.
Our SafeHouse residential program provides housing and support for teenagers who identify as female who have been the victim of crime. Most are not connected with family and have very little. Help us make their holidays special by purchasing something on their Amazon Wish List.
“I will always be grateful for each woman at Malama that loved me until I could love myself.” Meet Ramona, and read her story here.
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